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Brussels rejects legal EU demand for more AstraZeneca, imposes deadline on drugmaker

Brussels: The European Union on Friday lost a legal battle in Brussels to force Anglo-Swedish drug maker AstraZeneca to supply 120m doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June.

The EU went to court last month after the company delayed shipment of the vital vaccines, having originally committed to supply 300m doses by the same date.

But the judges in Brussels did not heed the EU demand.

However, the judge did impose a deadline upon AstraZeneca to supply doses to the EU over the summer or face hefty fines.

Both the EU and the pharmaceutical company talked up Friday’s court order, with Brussels saying it confirmed its position and AstraZeneca saying it welcomed the outcome.

The two-dose Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is one of the big three vaccines, along with those developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, and has by far the greatest global reach.

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